By Shianee Mamanglu-Regala, Christian Today.
Around 250 Muslim and evangelical leaders recently assembled in Morocco to issue a declaration of religious freedom, calling on Muslim nations to defend Christians against persecution.
The Muslim religious leaders, scholars and heads of states released the Marrakesh Declaration, a groundbreaking document that seeks to put an end to the mounting violence towards Christians in Muslim countries.
“We call upon the various religious groups bound by the same national fabric to address their mutual state of selective amnesia that blocks memories of centuries of joint and shared living on the same land,” it says, CBN News reported.
“We call upon them to rebuild the past by reviving this tradition of conviviality, and restoring our shared trust that has been eroded by extremists using acts of terror and aggression.”
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This Christian Today article gives a decidedly different take than the official Moroccan website (http://www.marrakeshdeclaration.org/index.html). Christian evangelical leaders figure nowhere in the official description of the intent of the gathering, called and hosted by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, or in the actual executive digest of the Marrakesh Declaration. While noble in its intent, this declaration is ultimately only a plea for the religious and political leaders of “normative Islam” to reinterpret the harsh Islamic teachings and histories against the kuffar (all non-Muslims) and somehow bring forth a new whitewashed Islam that acknowledges full freedom and human rights for all people, regardless of race, religion or creed. While I hope beyond hope that it brings about significant change in the Muslim world, it seems to me like the effort of a mosquito to push an elephant up Mt. Everest. High praise to the mosquito for its vision, but low marks on effective results. I pray I am wrong in my analysis.